Recently, California has unfortunately experienced major wildfires that have damaged or destroyed thousands of private homes and other buildings and structures. The WCIRB has received questions regarding the classifications applicable to the clean-up operations that are underway following these disasters.
Many structures have significant fire, smoke or water damage, but were not destroyed and will undergo restoration. The classifications applicable to smoke, fire and water damage clean-up and restoration operations are addressed in a Classification and Test Audit Insight e-newsletter dated May 13, 2015, which can be accessed here.
In cases where structures have been completely destroyed and the operation is limited to debris clean-up because there is no demolition required, Classification 9008, Janitorial Services, applies. This classification includes a statement: This classification also applies to exterior post-construction cleanup; fire, smoke and water damage clean-up; or window cleaning when performed as a specialty operation.
In cases where a structure has not been completely destroyed but some or all of the structure must be demolished, the California Workers’ Compensation Uniform Statistical Reporting Plan—1995 (USRP) provisions at Part 3, Standard Classification System, Section IV, Special Industry Classification Procedures, Rule 7, Wrecking or Demolition and Building Raising or Moving, apply. Rule 7 directs that demolition operations shall be assigned to a limited subset of Construction and Erection classifications:
7. Wrecking or Demolition and Building Raising or Moving